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Awesome New e-Cargo Bike & Bicycle from Sanitov Studio

Awesome New e-Cargo Bike & Bicycle from Sanitov Studio

The start of spring has out and about more often as we soak in those sunshine vibes. This time also inspires us to get involved in more outdoor activities, like biking, and if you’re in the need for a new bicycle we have two cool […]

Natural Beauty Reviews:  Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

Natural Beauty Reviews: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

You could say that we’re obsessed with scoring soft lips, and really, is that so wrong? Who really wants to go around with rough, dry, cracked lips anyhow?! However, not all lip balms are created many are made of ingredients, like Parabens, that we want no […]

Book Review The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Book Review The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth: Book Review for Natural Mamas

Becoming pregnant is huge life-changing moment in your life. As the understatement of the year, this is your time to nurture your body and growing baby, hopefully taking things easier, eating right and getting enough rest. But this time is also really stressful as you face hormonal ups and downs and never-ending questions about what’s going on inside your body. To help you navigate through this time, you’ll need a lot of insight from your doctor, friends, spouse, and unwittingly from your mother to get you through this precious nine-months. Another guide to get you through this time is books and we have the perfect suggestion for you with the new release of Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Written by Genevieve Howland, founder of mamanatural.com, this comprehensive guide for the natural mama that goes away from the ‘old school’ a.k.a dated ways of thinking about pregnancy that is strictly related to medical management. In this empowering book, natural mamas-to-be are given an incredible guide as they navigate how their bodies are changing through pregnancy. This includes tons of information on pregnancy nutrition, how to perform a toxic swept of your home, natural remedies for pregnancy ailments, tips on how to set yourself up for an intervention-free labor and delivery, information on tests and screenings, delicious recipes, insight from other natural mamas, medical insights from doulas, info on how to pick your birth team and so much more.

While the book is packed with so much information and concise learnings, you won’t get lost along the way. The book is cleverly organized with clear paragraphs, imagery and a nonsense writing style that gets to the heart of what you want to learn more about it. One of our favorite parts of the book is the post-baby section where Howland provides new mamas with a plan of what eat during those first (bleary-eyed) seven days. We also loved the lists that she provides where you can educated yourself on what questions to ask when you tour a birthing center, hospital, interview a midwife and more. And while the root of the book lies in focusing a natural path to motherhood, Howland also outlines the scenarios of what happens if your birth plan doesn’t work and methods to deal with depression.

Encouraging, well-researched, thoughtful, and really fun to read, this new book is bound to make its way on the shelves of every new mama-to-be that serves as her trusted guide and companion during this life-changing period.

The book comes out on April 25th.

We were provided a sample for review; all opinions are our own.

 

Sworkit: Cool New Personalized Workout App

Sworkit: Cool New Personalized Workout App

  Spring has officially sprung but that doesn’t mean that the weather has been jiving with those much-needed spring vibes. In NYC, this has been a collection of rainy days and cold days that has us longing for the warmer weather. Another annoyance to this dreary […]

3 Simple Beauty Fixes with Coconut Oil

3 Simple Beauty Fixes with Coconut Oil

By now you’ve probably heard about the many benefits of coconut oil. As one of our favorite ingredients to cook with, it’s surely been a few healthy recipes that has even found its way into our morning cup of java. Another amazing benefit of coconut […]

Easy, Healthy Quinoa Recipe

Easy, Healthy Quinoa Recipe

easy healthy quinoa recipe: vegan and simple

Our lives are moving faster where fast food has become the norm to getting dinner on the go. But we are here to tell you that you can still enjoy a quick meal, except the ones that we’re into are way healthier, cheaper and won’t make you feel like slug after. One of our go-to quick dishes is a vegan quinoa dish that’s layered with quinoa, spinach (or a veggie of your choice), beans, squash or sweet potatoes, coconut oil, salt, pepper and an avocado. And if you make a big enough batch, you just have to plop it in your fridge and heat it up again! Oh, and the beauty of this dish is that you can add in whatever ingredients you prefer for a simple, vegan dish that’s wholesome and pretty delicious. It doesn’t get any easier than that. For this specific recipe, we tested out the Carrington Farms’ Coconut Oil Paks, a really convenient single use pack of organic unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil. This packs don’t require any refrigeration and can be used in your recipes (like this one) or in tons of other on-the-go coconut oil needs like adding them to smoothies or your coffee or even as a moisturizer or hair conditioner.

Quick and Easy Quinoa Dish

2 cups of quinoa
3 cups of frozen or fresh spinach (or whatever veg you dig)
1 cup of frozen squash or 1 whole sweet potato
coconut oil
salt and pepper
1/2 avocado
1 can of organic black beans (or bean of your choice)

Directions:

Bring water to a boil as directed on your quinoa package. Add in the quinoa when the water is boiled. Rinse your beans and add them in, along with the squash. If your including a sweet potato, you’ll need to start this part at least 50 minutes prior for the baking process. Add in your coconut oil, salt and pepper, let cook and stir periodically. Once done (around 30 minutes or so), turn off your flame and top the quinoa dish with some coconut oil and some sliced avocado! Enjoy

We were provides samples of the coconut oil for review. All opinions are our own.

SweatStyle: New Boutique Subscription Box Featuring On-Trend, Activewear (and an Interview!)

SweatStyle: New Boutique Subscription Box Featuring On-Trend, Activewear (and an Interview!)

Activewear has come a long way since its heyday of sweats and oversized t-shirts. Not that we don’t love rocking baggy sweats every now and again, but it’s nice to have fitted and cute options to wear when you break a sweat. Enter an even […]

Maxin’ and Relaxin’ at these Wellness Retreats in New England

Maxin’ and Relaxin’ at these Wellness Retreats in New England

We love the idea of a wellness retreat, but seriously: where the heck do you go? There are so many options and awesome opportunities where you can ‘get your zen on.’ To help you out we are sharing a few offerings in New England. You […]

Join the Movement and Help Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

Join the Movement and Help Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

Get Involved with Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

We are so excited to spread the word about an exciting new campaign from Kneipp, an awesome natural skincare brand that’s committed to inner wellness by providing all-natural products. They recently partnered with Action Against Hunger, an international relief organization devoted to saving the lives of malnourished children and families, while also providing sustainable access to safe water and working on long-term solutions to ending hunger for good, to provide sustainable sources of food and tools to nourish communities in need.

Through the #KneippGrows campaign, you can get in on the action and do your part to help out.

How to Get Involved with Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

● Purchase a Kneipp Soft in Seconds hand cream
● Snap a selfie wearing a real or virtual flower crown and share it with the hashtag #KneippGrows
● Sign up for a new Kneipp Family Loyalty Card

How It Works:

A portion of the proceeds for every Kneipp Soft in Seconds hand cream purchased will go toward Action Against Hunger’s efforts to send Seed + Tool Kits to communities in need. Each kit contains one hoe, one water can, and two tins of vegetable seeds (such as tomato or kale) to plant a fruit tree – and help plant the seed to a child’s future. Posting a selfie wearing a real or virtual flower crown (the official symbol of the campaign) along with the hashtag #KneippGrows will also benefit AAH’s efforts, as will signing up for a new Kneipp Family Loyalty Card (online or in-store). Kneipp will contribute up to $15,000 to the cause, which is an incredible way to help nourish a child in need.

To find the Kneipp store nearest you, visit kneipp.com
@kneippUSA
#KneippGrows

Water Reimagined: Celebrating World Water Day

Water Reimagined: Celebrating World Water Day

Did you know that March 22nd is World Water Day? To help you celebrate and take better care of this precious resource, The Ecology Center is sharing some tips and simple solutions designed to inspire change and reduce your water footprint. Read on to check out what you […]